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How to Breed Cornish x

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by RioLindoAz, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    There is one thing I don't get about how hatcheries sell meat chicks for such a cheep price if people say that they never lay eggs. That doesn't make sence!!!!!!!! [​IMG] How can you breed them if they can't every stand up to mate!!! If they don't lay eggs, then how do hatcheries incubate them? THIS IS VERY CONFUSING.............. [​IMG]




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  2. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    They use White rock hens that are line bred to be very large but they still lay many eggs. They mate a very large but not to large to mate white Cornish Rooster with those hens and they you get the giant Cornish X's. They are a first generation cross always. It is very difficult to make home made Cornish X's because they parent birds are line bred to produce giant offspring.

    Henry

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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They are a cross breed. They have parents of two different kinds of chickens that can breed and lay eggs, but their children are the meat birds you buy.

    Edit: Hcammack got the nail on the head.
     
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  4. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    So thats the only way you can breed them? Do Cornish X ever lay eggs? will the chicks look the same if you do breed the Cornish X?
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    No. Hybrids do not breed true. You offspring will largely be random.

    And, when we say a Cornish Rooster crossed with a White Rock Hen; realize those partent strains have been super selected for certain qualities... to the point that I imagine they look awfull different from a 'standard' cornish or plymouth rock.
     
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    At one point in the breed up they used to use Dorkings because of size. I don't know if that is still true.
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    My 'aunt & uncle' (my mom's cousins) in England put their Indian Game on their Dorking hens to make their own meat birds. It's a pretty common cross.

    Dorkings have been in England since the Roman's brought them. They wouldn't still be there if they didnt' taste good. :0
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A dorking x cornish works fairly well too. Doesn't mature as quickly as the hatchery hybrid but they are a good size at maturity.

    I was wondering if they still use the dorking into the rock line before the cross into the line bred cornish. Anyone?
     
  9. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    They guard those lines well, hard to get information. I'm headed to a hatchery/porducer next week, I'll see if I can dig anything up.
     
  10. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a great post! DH and I just decided to order some Cornish Roasters and he wanted to pick out a couple to breed. I'm glad that I found this post before we ended up with some weird unidentified chickens! [​IMG]
     

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